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Report: Billy Joel Sanctions an Authorized Biography [Updated]

For a time, Fred Schruers was a full-time member of TheWrap staff. He has since moved on to freelance feature writing and today is back on the site as part of an intriguing Sara Morrison item.

According to Morrison’s sources, Schruers will be helping singer Billy Joel write an upcoming authorized biography. You may recall that Joel previously agreed to write a memoir for Harper Collins in 2011 but then reneged:

Joel will work with the ghost writer of the [previously planned] autobiography, Schruers, on the book. One individual told TheWrap that Joel was inspired by the success of the authorized biography of Bruce Springsteen by Peter Ames Carlin. Released in November 2012, Bruce was well-received by critics and audiences alike.

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Author Asks: Where Did the Diana Ross Grammy Love Go?

In an intriguing piece of LA Times commentary, author Ernest Hardy reminds that it’s not just the Oscars that can be guilty of slighting an industry icon and then belatedly trying to make up for the oversights with a career nod. This weekend, it will be the Grammys’ turn to embrace the phenomenon of residual voter shame.

Hardy’s piece begins, simply, with the sentence “Diana Ross has never won a Grammy.” He notes that her Lifetime Achievement Award ceremony this Saturday will not be televised and frames this weekend’s “consolation prize” within a larger failure:

The Grammys aren’t the only place where 67-year-old Ross, a primary architect of modern pop culture over her five-decade career, has been undervalued. It’s long been fashionable to lampoon her in the media and in critical circles, to dismiss her voice and her trailblazing accomplishments–to cast her in the one-note role of incorrigible diva…

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